Amit Acharya, Ph.D., M.S., B.D.S., currently serves as the executive director of the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute (MCRI) at Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) in Wisconsin. He subsequently serves as the chief dental informatics officer of the Family Health Center (FHC) at MCHS. FHC is a federally qualified health center and affiliate partner of MCHS.
Dr. Acharya has been a leading researcher and is well regarded throughout the United States on his expertise in biomedical and dental informatics. As a general dental surgeon and a computer scientist with expertise in biomedical informatics, his research focus has been around integration of medical and dental data, clinical and research information systems, architecture of electronic health records, clinical decision supports, and investigating the oral-systemic disease relationships.
Dr. Acharya has been instrumental in founding the Center for Oral and Systemic Health, one of the six research centers at the MCRI, and in the integration of MCHS’s electronic dental records with its proprietary electronic medical records. Dr. Acharya has published more than 100 scientific abstracts and manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and has received multiple grants dedicated to bridging the medical and dental divide. He has also edited a book, Integration of Medical and Dental Care and Patient Data, which is published by Springer Nature.
Dr. Acharya has held several national leadership roles at the American Dental Education Association and at the American Medical Informatics Association’s Dental Informatics Group. He also served as the chairman of the clinical informatics subcommittee of the American Dental Association’s (ADA’s) Standards Committee for Dental Informatics and was the ADA
representative to the Health Level Seven in 2017. He has served on national health information technology expert panels coordinated by entities like the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and the National Quality Forum. Dr. Acharya currently serves as a member on the advisory board of the National Center for Community Health Research and on the ADA Dental Quality Alliance’s Implementation and Evaluation Committee.
Kathryn A. Atchison, D.D.S., M.P.H., holds a professor appointment in the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), School of Dentistry’s Division of Public Health and Community Dentistry and is jointly appointed in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy Management. Dr. Atchison served UCLA as the vice provost for new collaborative initiatives from 2011 to 2016 and as vice provost for intellectual property and industry relations from 2005 to 2011. From 1998 to 2004 she served as the School of Dentistry’s associate dean for research and knowledge management. She was the School of Dentistry’s residency director for geriatric dentistry from 2000 to 2006. Dr. Atchison was the recipient of the International Association for Dental Research’s 2008 Distinguished Scientist Award for Behavioral Sciences, Epidemiology and Health Services Research. During 2014–2015, Dr. Atchison was on special assignment to the Office of the Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) in the National Institutes of Health, where she helped develop strategies aimed at strengthening NIDCR’s ability to translate research discoveries into new tools and treatment. She is a fellow of the American Association for Dental Research. Dr. Atchison was invited to prepare a commissioned paper for the National Academies’ Roundtable on Health Literacy in 2016 titled “Integrating Oral Health, Primary Care, and Health Literacy: Considerations for Health Professional Practice, Education and Policy.”
Meg Booth, M.P.H., is the director of the Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP), a nonprofit organization that focuses on removing oral health barriers to family success based in Washington, DC. Over more than a decade at CDHP, she has built the organization’s policy strategy to secure pediatric dental benefits in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. She has also led two federally funded national centers and currently serves as a state coach for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovator Accelerator Program on children’s oral health to advance value-based purchasing in Medicaid and CHIP. Prior to CDHP, Ms. Booth worked to educate policy makers on child health issues at the local, state, and national levels. She holds a bachelor’s degree in community health education with a minor in women’s studies
from the University of Northern Iowa, and obtained her master’s in public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kelly Close, M.H.A., is a career public health dental hygienist and is currently the early childhood oral health coordinator for the North Carolina Division of Public Health, Oral Health Section, including the Into the Mouths of Babes Physician Fluoride Varnish Program. Her education includes a bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene and a master of healthcare administration, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ms. Close chairs the North Carolina Early Childhood Oral Health Collaborative, is a contributor to scientific publications, and is a national presenter on the integration of infant and toddler preventive oral health services into primary care. Trained as a child care health consultant and a community dental health coordinator, she currently leads the partnership to develop toothbrushing protocols for North Carolina child care programs.
Susan Fisher-Owens, M.D., M.P.H., is a clinical professor of pediatrics in the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, and associate clinical professor of preventive and restorative dental sciences in the UCSF School of Dentistry. She serves as an executive committee member on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Oral Health, and also serves with the California State Oral Health Plan and on the California Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Advisory Board. She practices at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the county public hospital, and created an award-winning and sustainable oral health clinic embedded in their pediatric outpatient clinic. Dr. Fisher-Owens works with physicians on how to prevent oral disease in children, or control it in adults (particularly pregnant women), and with dentists on how to work with children and incorporate context of care. Her research on a conceptual model of children’s oral health is cited internationally, and her current research focuses on children’s oral health disparities.
Anita Duhl Glicken, M.S.W., is associate dean and professor emerita at the University of Colorado School of Medicine with more than 30 years of administrative, research, and education experience. She is currently executive director of the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (NIIOH), providing backbone support to a national movement to integrate oral health into primary care. Ms. Glicken has held several national leadership roles including president of the Physician Assistant Education Association and president/chief executive officer of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants Health Foundation, where she led efforts to create a comprehensive database on certified physician assistant
practice, which informs national health policy and workforce planning. She has served on several Health Resources and Services Administration advisory workgroups to develop tools and resources that support national workforce research, education, and policy, including core oral health competencies for nondental providers. Her career in the United States and abroad has focused on creating innovative education and care delivery models grounded in interprofessional collaboration and health equity, most recently as the project director of an American International Health Alliance contract to build midlevel health workforce capacity in South Africa. She has been an invited member of the U.S. delegation to the International Health Workforce Collaborative since 2012. Ms. Glicken has authored more than 100 publications in health care education, workforce, and research.
Brian Hill is the founder and executive director of the Oral Cancer Foundation, and is a frequent public speaker on oral cancer issues at universities; at professional medical, dental, and research conferences; and on television news and magazine shows. He is routinely interviewed for oral cancer articles by numerous print media publications as diverse as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the Boston Globe, as well as Men’s Health and Woman’s Day magazines, and is a trusted source for background material used to prepare major newscasters, writers, and talk show hosts.
Alice Horowitz, Ph.D., is a research associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. A health educator, Dr. Horowitz formerly was a senior scientist at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Health (NIDCR), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Horowitz has done extensive work in dental caries prevention and early detection. While at the NIDCR she organized the Consensus Development Conference on Pit and Fissure Sealants, and co-organized the Dental Caries Diagnosis and Management conference.
Dr. Horowitz was instrumental in initiating the need to address health literacy in dentistry and was one of the authors of the first NIH Program Announcement addressing health literacy. She organized the NIDCR’s workshop on oral health literacy and coauthored the resultant findings. Currently she is a co-chair of the Education/Health Literacy Subcommittee of the Maryland Dental Action Coalition. The group was commissioned by Maryland’s Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene, John Colmers, following the tragic and untimely death of Deamonte Driver, a 12-year-old boy who died in 2007 because of an untreated dental infection. Dr. Horowitz serves as the principal investigator on a statewide oral health literacy needs assessment study.
Dr. Horowitz served on the National Academies’ Committee on an Oral Health Initiative. She has contributed several invited presentations to
the National Academies’ Roundtable on Health Literacy. She has published more than 130 scientific papers and book chapters, and is the recipient of several awards. Dr. Horowitz conceptualized, designed, and conducted the study “Health Literacy Environmental Scans of Community-based Dental Clinics in Maryland,” which was published in the American Journal of Public Health.
Ronald Inge, D.D.S., is currently the chief operations officer, chief dental officer, and vice president of professional services for Delta Dental Plan of Missouri. In this capacity, his responsibilities include all aspects of development and management of the dental and vision operations department, including claims and customer service. Dr. Inge is also responsible for the growth and development of the dental and vision networks, including clinical policies and procedures, quality management, and utilization review management.
Dr. Inge is an experienced senior-level dental benefits executive with exposure to all aspects of the dental industry and is acknowledged as an innovative thought leader in the dental benefits industry. As chief dental officer, he led the initial data analysis at Aetna that launched medical/dental integration. Dr. Inge served as the associate director for the Division of Dental Practice at the American Dental Association. Dr. Inge has served as the vice president of professional services and chief dental officer for Delta Dental of Washington. As the past executive director of the Institute for Oral Health, Dr. Inge has championed efforts to publicize innovative solutions to many of the current challenges to improving oral health. The mission of the Institute for Oral Health is to advance oral health care by identifying effective and efficient guidelines for treatment, access, and delivery of health care, and to promote best practices by serving as a central resource for shared practical knowledge and collaboration to benefit the dental profession and the public.
Renée W. Joskow, D.D.S., M.P.H., FAGD, is a dentist and a medical epidemiologist and holds both a doctor of dental surgery degree and a master of public health degree from Columbia University. She completed a hospital-based general practice residency at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, after which she was appointed to the faculty of Columbia University. During her tenure, Dr. Joskow maintained a private practice in New York and provided quality assurance/quality control consulting services for several health care entities in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut tri-state area.
After 15 years in New York, Dr. Joskow joined the National Institutes of Dental and Craniofacial Research as a dental public health fellow. She later joined the National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention as an epidemic intelligence service officer and applied her epidemiology skills and expertise in scientific research and outbreak investigations, including during the response to the 9/11 attacks, the anthrax investigations, and the 2002 Olympics. She has also served the Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as medical readiness manager and director of training and education for the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS); the Chem/Bio Division, Science and Technology Directorate, in the Department of Homeland Security as senior medical epidemiologist and program manager; and the National Institutes of Health as a dental research officer and program official.
Dr. Joskow now serves as the senior dental advisor for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), where she provides leadership across HRSA on issues and activities related to oral health. She is board certified in the specialty of dental public health, and a fellow in the American College of Dentists, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the New York Academy of Dentists. She proudly holds the rank of captain (O-6) in the USPHS.
Dushanka V. Kleinman, D.D.S., M.Sc.D., is the principal associate dean, associate dean for research and professor, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park. In this role she works closely with the school’s and university’s faculty, students and senior leadership, and has played a key role in the initial and subsequent accreditation of this new School of Public Health. Her research interests include prevention of oral health disparities, health literacy, and strategies to integrate oral and general health. Her recent research activities have included public health impact studies. Prior to this position, Dr. Kleinman completed 28 years of government service where she served as deputy director, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, and assistant surgeon general (rear admiral), U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Dr. Kleinman is a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health and has served as president of the American Board of Dental Public Health, the American Association of Women Dentists, and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. Currently she is the cochair of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030. Dr. Kleinman has a D.D.S. from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry and a hospital rotating internship at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics. She received an M.Sc.D. in dental public health from the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine at Boston University.
Ira B. Lamster, D.D.S., M.M.Sc., is currently dean emeritus and professor of dental medicine at Columbia, and clinical professor at the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine. He received his D.D.S. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (1977), his M.M.Sc. from Harvard University (1980), and a certificate of special training in periodontology from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (1980). Dr. Lamster served as dean of the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine from 2001 to 2012, and as senior vice president of the Columbia University Medical Center from 2006 to 2012. From 2012 until 2017, he was in the Department of Health Policy and Management of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
Dr. Lamster’s research efforts have focused on diagnostic testing and risk assessment for periodontal disease, the interrelationship of periodontal disease and systemic disease, the oral health care needs of older adults, and the future of dental education and practice. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, corporations, and foundations.
Dr. Lamster is the author of more than 200 manuscripts and book chapters and has delivered more than 200 guest and invited lectures. He is the editor of Improving Oral Health for the Elderly, published by Springer in February 2008; both the January 2011 and October 2012 issues of the Dental Clinics of North America (addressing “Contemporary Concepts in the Diagnosis of Oral Dental Disease” and “Primary Health Care Activities in the Dental Office,” respectively). He is also the editor of Diabetes Mellitus and Oral Health: An Interprofessional Approach published by Wiley/Blackwell in 2014, and of the October 2016 issue of Periodontology 2000 (Geriatric Periodontology). He currently serves as editor-in-chief of the International Dental Journal.
Wendy Mouradian, M.D., M.S., is professor emerita of pediatric dentistry and a strategic advisor for Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE) Program expansion. She was the founding director of the RIDE Program and the immediate past associate dean of regional and academic affairs. In the past, Dr. Mouradian has served as special advisor on oral health to the Health Resources and Services Administration on the integration of oral health into primary care, and was project co-director of the Surgeon General’s Workshop and Conference on Children’s Oral Health for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health. Her research areas have included oral health workforce issues, ethics, and policy issues in the provision of oral health care to children, quality of life for children with craniofacial conditions, and interprofessional collaboration. Dr. Mouradian is also appointed in the University of Washington School of Medicine and School of Public Health.
Dean Schillinger, M.D., is professor of medicine in residence at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and chief of the UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). He is a practicing primary care physician at SFGH, an urban public hospital, where he sees patients, teaches in the primary care residency program, and conducts research. Dr. Schillinger served as chief of the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program for the California Department of Public Health from 2008 to 2013. Dr. Schillinger carries out research related to health care for vulnerable populations, and is an internationally recognized expert in health communication science. His work focuses on literacy, health communication, and chronic disease prevention and management. He has been honored with the 2003 Institute for Healthcare Advancement Research Award, the 2008 Research Award in Safety and Quality from the National Patient Safety Foundation, the 2009 Engel Award in Health Communication Research, and the 2010 Outstanding Bay Area Clinical Research Mentor. He also authored a paper on the attributes of health-literate health care organizations, commissioned by the National Academies’ Roundtable on Health Literacy in 2012.
Dr. Schillinger is the founding director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP), whose mission is to carry out innovative research to prevent and treat chronic disease in populations for whom social conditions often conspire to both promote chronic disease and make its management more challenging. Dr. Schillinger currently directs the CVP Health Communications Program. He is the co-founder of TheBiggerPicture.org, a social marketing diabetes prevention campaign to empower minority youth to change the conversation about diabetes and become agents of positive social change. In 2013, he received the Everett M. Rogers Award from the American Public Health Association in recognition of his lifelong contributions to advancing the study and practice of public health communication.
Hugh Silk, M.D., M.P.H., received his B.A. from Harvard University, where he majored in government. He completed medical school at McMaster Medical School in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Silk undertook his residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Family Medicine Residency Program in Worcester and successfully completed a master of public health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. Prior to medical school he taught with Dr. Robert Coles at Harvard University (The Literature of Social Reflection) and ran a youth service program in Toronto called Serve Canada.
Currently, Dr. Silk is the medical director of a Wellness and Primary Care Center in Leominster as a part of Community Healthlink, providing creative and meaningful care to patients with mental health issues. He is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health,
and also teaches at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and does public health work in oral health access and training health care providers to address oral health as part of overall health. He is the recipient of the 2016 American Association of Public Health Dentistry Public Service Award. He is currently working on a 5-year Health Resources and Services Administration grant to evaluate and implement oral health in medical and dental schools and primary care residency programs across the country. Dr. Silk’s other interest in medical education is medical humanities and reflective writing.
John J. Snyder, D.M.D., is the executive dental director and chief executive officer at Permanente Dental Associates (PDA). Dr. Snyder completed his dental education at Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry in 1986. After completing a general practice residency at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut, Dr. Snyder returned to Oregon and joined PDA in 1987. Since that time he has served PDA in multiple leadership roles, and in 2008 he was elected by PDA shareholders to serve as the dental director and chief executive officer for PDA. He is currently serving in his second term.
He has remained a strong advocate for evidence-based dental practice, oral health research, and medical–dental integration throughout his career, and has enjoyed numerous national and international speaking opportunities to share his passion for expanding total health and wellness.
George W. Taylor, D.M.D., Dr.P.H., M.P.H., is associate dean for diversity and inclusion and a professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences in the Division of Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry. He is a board-certified specialist in dental public health. He served as a dentist in the U.S. Air Force for 4 years and has had a career in academic dentistry for more than 35 years, teaching, conducting research, and providing patient care. He has taught, practiced general dentistry and dental public health, and conducted research.
In his role as associate dean for diversity and inclusion he works to strengthen the School of Dentistry as a diverse and inclusive climate that empowers students, faculty, and staff to maximize their capacity in learning, working, serving, and growing together.
Dr. Taylor’s principal research focus is on relationships between oral and systemic health, particularly periodontal infection and diabetes outcomes. Additionally, he actively mentors students, residents, and other faculty in their research and careers.
Jane Weintraub, D.D.S., is alumna distinguished professor and former dean at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Dentistry and adjunct professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is a dip-
lomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health and past president of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. Widely known for her expertise in oral epidemiology, dental public health, and clinical research, she is a leader in research to understand and prevent oral health disparities. She is one of the coauthors of the commissioned paper for this workshop regarding the integration of oral health and primary care.
She received her D.D.S. at Stony Brook University and her M.P.H. and public health training at Harvard University. From 2001 to 2011, she was the founding director and principal investigator of the National Institutes of Health–funded Center to Address Disparities in Oral Health, nicknamed the CAN DO Center, at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry. After its first 7-year funding cycle, the CAN DO Center received an additional 7 years of funding, totaling $24.4 million.
Her awards include the International Association for Dental Research H. Trendley Dean Distinguished Scientist Award for her research in oral epidemiology and dental public health, the American Dental Association’s Norton Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research, the American Association of Public Health Dentistry’s Distinguished Service Award, and recently, the American Public Health Association Oral Health Section’s John Knutson Award for Distinguished Service. Her current research cuts across the life span with a focus on prevention and relationships among oral health, health care, and systemic disease.
Cassandra Yarbrough, M.P.P., is the lead public policy analyst for the Health Policy Institute at the American Dental Association. She is responsible for researching and analyzing policy changes that impact dentistry, oral health, and the overall health care landscape. Ms. Yarbrough focuses on Medicaid, Medicare, dental access, and patient-centered outcomes. She obtained her M.P.P. from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.